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- DescriptionThe fact that women and people of color tend to underperform at professional schools is a source of controversy. Conservatives blame affirmative action, while liberals blame intentional discrimination. The extensive research reported in Professional Identity Crisis belies both conspiracy theories. The author spent over 400 hours observing how first-year students are socialized in two very different environments, Boalt School of Law and the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, watching how they adapted to different expectations of how to speak, dress, and behave in the classroom. Costello found that students who were female, of color, disabled, or poor were t underqualified compared with their privileged peers. Nor did the research uncover intentional bigotry. Instead, the disproportionate success of white men can be explained by the fact that they are more likely to acquire appropriate professional identities swiftly, with little inner conflict. Students from less privileged backgrounds, however, suffered from identity dissonance. For example, Jasmine, a Filipi student from Los Angeles, explained, In the legal culture you have to adopt a different way of being, a different vocabulary and way to carry yourself...That's how I got this far. And when I go home, if I act the way I do here, they won't get it. My cousins and my friends say, 'You're kind of whitewashed.' And when I come back here I have to get back my law style.
- Author BiographyCarrie Yang Costello, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, attended Harvard Law School and was a practicing attorney before beginning her doctoral training in sociology.
- Author(s)Carrie Yang Costello
- PublisherVanderbilt University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2005
- SubjectAdult & Further Education
- Place of PublicationTennessee
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVanderbilt University Press
- Content Notebibliography, index
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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